515 Telcos In 173 Countries Ready To Launch 5G Tech

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Yemisi Izuora

A new report published by Global mobile Suppliers Association, GSA, shows that globally 515 telcos in 173 countries currently hold licences to enable the launch of LTE or fifth-generation or 5G using low-band spectrum (bands lower than 1GHz) while 400 telcos have already launched LTE or 5G using low-band spectrum.

“Low-band spectrum is very important for expanding network coverage especially in suburban/rural deployment scenarios, ensuring service continuity across different geographies, enhancing service quality in indoor environments and helping to close the digital divide,” commented Joe Barrett, President of the Global mobile Suppliers Association.

Also, 37 countries have announced or specified date for plans for allocation low-band frequencies suitable for 5G during 2021-22, and as a result, GSA said it forecasts an increase in the number of auctions of low-band spectrum in the coming years, as well as 5G NR deployments using already assigned licences.

“Mobile operators are demanding low-band spectrum, and some specific bands like 410–430 MHz, 450 MHz or 900 MHz also play an important role in specific industries for the creation of private networks.

For these reasons, GSA foresees an increase in the number of auctions of low-band spectrum in the coming years, as well as 5G NR deployments using already assigned spectrum licences,” Barrett added.

Also, now over 15,000 LTE devices are capable of supporting low bands according to GSA’s database GAMBoD, and out of 316 announced 5G devices supporting low-band spectrum bands for NR, 219 devices are already commercially available.

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